Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies

The jazz studies area is committed to the highest level of performance, mentoring, education, and community outreach. This unique curriculum features nationally and internationally renowned faculty members drawn from the highest ranks of the jazz community. All faculty members have experience performing with top recording and performing artists in the jazz music industry.



Uncommon Pursuits.

Graduates of the MSU Jazz Studies program have gone on to careers as recording artists and jazz musicians, performing with several well-known soloists and groups including Sean Kingston, Ne-Yo, and Carlos McKinney, as well as the Spinners, Count Basie Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut Quintet, and Mulgrew Miller Trio. Recent graduates have received the following recognitions: DownBeat magazine's outstanding college soloist award, Elmhurst Jazz Festival's outstanding musician award, and first prize in the Aspen Jazz Competition.

Alumni work at:

  • Lincoln Center
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Broadway and off-Broadway productions
  • Entertainment companies
  • Jazz music venues
  • Schools and universities

Alumni work as:

  • Performing musicians
  • Composers
  • Educators and instructors
  • Conductors
  • Songwriters

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